Easier Excerpts


Excerpts are very useful when sharing your blog post content.

They allow you to provide a preview of your post to your readers as well as the
email marketing service used to email new blog posts to your mailing list. This
ultimately drives traffic on your site as your audience reads the remainder of
the blog post.

But using the native excerpt functionality in WordPress can quickly become
tedious. The excerpt field is small and difficult to enlarge, so it’s hard to
see how much content you’ve added, let alone manage the layout of the text.

This plugin fixes that problem. By activating this plugin:

  • The excerpt field will automatically expand to fit your content or will
    contract if you have shorter content.
  • There are no options – it “just works.”
  • It does not change the appearance of anything in the editor. It works
    directly with the functionality you already know.
  • It works with both new and existing posts.
  • No data will be affected if you opt to uninstall it.

Ultimately, the plugin aims to help streamline one small aspect of your blogging


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  • If you’re curious about the changes found in this plugin, review the Changelog
  • If you opt to download a non-tagged version of the plugin (that is, the
    version in trunk), then know that this is a development version. Use at
    your own risk.

Running the Tests

Easier Excerpts includes a server-side test suite that verifies the plugin’s
functionality works as expected. In order to use these tests, your development
environment should include:

Once the tools are installed, run the following commands from within the root
directory of the plugin:

  1. $ composer update
  2. $ wp scaffold plugin-tests easier-excerpts
  3. $ cd $(wp plugin path easier-excerpts --dir)
  4. $ bash bin/install-wp-tests.sh wordpress_test root root localhost latest
  5. $ vendor/bin/phpunit

This will make sure that PHPUnit, WP-CLI, and the necessary scaffolding is set
up and the tests are executed against the plugin without interfering with your
installation of WordPress.


  • A screenshot showing how Easier Excerpts automatically resizes the height of the excerpt based on the amount of content is contains.


You can install this plugin by searching for ‘Easier Excerpts’ in from the
WordPress Plugin screen.

If you download a copy of the plugin and want to
install it in another way, please see the methods below.

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ Plugin page
  2. Select easier-excerpts.zip from your computer
  3. Click ‘Upload’
  4. Activate the plugin on the WordPress Plugin Dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Extract easier-excerpts.zip to your computer
  2. Upload the easier-excerpts directory to your wp-content/plugins directory
  3. Activate the plugin on the WordPress Plugins dashboard


We will soon offer the option to purchase
support for all of our plugins. If you’ve purchased a license for a plugin,
then you will receive support.

We offer no guarantee for support for those who have not purchased a license.

What if I have a feature request or bug report?

That’s great!

  1. Please visit the Pressware Plugins
  2. Locate the “Support” page,
  3. And send us an email.

We read every email we receive and will do our best to accommodate our

We don’t guarantee a response to all users; however, if you have purchased
a support license, then you receive priority support. Further, we seek to
respond to each customer’s questions, comments, and feedback directly.



I had to modify it because I also use excerpts in pages for Facebook sharing, but it works out of the box for posts.

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Contributors & Developers

“Easier Excerpts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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This update verifies compatibility with WordPress 4.6.0.


This update adds the functionality for all post types with excerpts.
* Update composer.json per review by @schlessera


This update adds the functionality for all post types with excerpts.

  • Update compatibility with WordPress 4.5.1
  • Add support for all post types
  • Add additional tags to composer.json for clarity


  • Verifying compatibility with WordPress 4.5


  • Add PHPUnit via Composer
  • Update .gitignore for the /vendor/, .DS_Store, and test scaffold files
  • Update Easer_Excerpts->init() to return false for clarity
  • Add unit tests


  • Initial release